How to link to specific piece of content on web Marketplace

Web Marketplace...now with direct linking!The Xbox.com team has rolled out a tiny new feature that I wanted to point out. Now when you are browsing the Marketplace on Xbox.com, you can click the SEND A LINK tab for a link to a specific piece of content. No more scrolling page after page looking for something when someone tells you about it. Want to tell someone about a free piece of DLC? You can now copy a direct link or hit the‘Click to create and send a link using your email application’ link to fire up your default mail application and open a new mail with the link.  It’s a little thing…but I wanted to point it out in case you missed it.

Comments

  • HgE F3RILLA VII

    Interesting!

    Like

  • A Place for Us

    A small but useful change. How about more advanced things, such as searching within a specific Microsoft Points range?

    Like

  • Snaven Shake

    A nice (small) change.

    Like

  • Mcmax3000

    I noticed that earlier when I was queuing up this week’s episode of The Guild but didn’t think much of it at the time.

    Cool feature that could really come in handy.

    Like

  • Rlan

    Nice addition.

    Is there any chance of a “last 100 additions” added for each of the marketplace lists? The new game Add-ons get very quickly pushed off the Top 10 on the front of the marketplace due to Rock Band and Guitar Hero :)

    Like

  • KiloOscarZulu

    Or sort by price? So that I can see all the free content straight away instead of going through pages and pages?

    Like

  • desynch

    now i can post direct links to marketplace content when friends ask about certain content, and when people ask about dlc on the chat.

    kudos, xbox.com team!

    Like

  • Major Nelson

    Also, don’t forget to check out the (beta) marketplace blog, which is automatically updated ever 15 minutes: http://m.majornelson.com

    Like

  • II QUiCK5HO7 II

    @KiloOscarZulu: I totally agree wih you, it takes hours to check things. Yea it’s a good news that :D

    Like

  • Teh Emo Penguin

    This will be extremely useful! :D

    Like

  • Drunk Ste

    We really need a sort by release date option for every category, right now you can only do it for downloads within a specific game. It’s a pain if you want to find the latest demos and you can only by sort by title and popularity.

    Like

  • SouthPaw

    Nice but you still havent made the simple change of putting the Gamertag in the Web page title. Then I could bookmark people and the bookmark label would include the gamertag. We spoke about this on the Chris Pirillo call in show in the fall of 05. Not sure what is so hard about this.

    Like

  • MACPH1ST0

    Did this new feature kill xbox.com or something, because I can’t get ANYTHING on the site to load at all now. All I keep getting is the same “Sorry, this page is unavailable” page with every link I click.

    Like

  • Teh Samuel

    looks very useful

    Like

  • The Dukenator

    @Absyrtus @Rlan @KiloOscarZulu @Drunk Ste: We’ll see what the future of Microsoft & Xbox brings. Your suggestions might exist in the xbox.com future.

    @SouthPaw: Good idea as this would be useful

    Like

  • litheon

    Anybody having issues with Xbox.com make sure you clear your cache and existing cookies in any browser you use. It seems there was a Windows Live ID update that corresponded with this feature, and as cleaning out your cache and cookies should fix the problem.

    Like

  • Jazza

    Major, great feature. Just wish it didn’t have the region en-us in the url, as if you post it, it takes you to that region version of the marketplace, and won’t let you purchase it, even if it’s available in your region. But if you remove it from the url, it automatically directs to your region ;)

    Like

  • ImaginedBug

    Major, do you get a cut of the profits by changing “?cid=SLink” to “?cid=MajorNelson” and putting “&partner=MajorNelson” in the links you post here or is that just for statistics purposes? Just wondering ;)

    Like

  • Makusensu

    Yes only for statistics.

    Like

  • Zilchius

    I like the idea of the marketplace blog, but if you could make it also post a daily roundup of what’s new, and then make that it’s own RSS feed, it would be much easier to sift through all the content.

    Like

  • Xbox Sonic

    nice feature.
    thank you ms

    Like

  • davidkenobi

    Thanks ! It would be easier for us now.

    Like

  • Krunk4Ever

    Nice that you that this was finally added. I figured a way to link to items directly, i.e.

    Grateful Dead Pack 02
    https://live.xbox.com/en-US/Flows/BeginFlow.ashx?workflow=MarketplacePopupPurchase&offerId=0ccf01c5-0000-4000-8000-000045410829&mediaType=18

    However, it was trouble some to find that offerId, which required parsing the source.

    As posted by by Dale on the Rock Band Content:

    http://www.rockbandcontent.com/rbc/blog/2009/01/225/#comments

    Krunk – If they made it easier to link to a specific item I would do that. Each week I do link to the Rock Band 2 section on Marketplace, showing newest items first. It would be nice to have a link in the database for each song, but looking at the page source for each one would take more time than I’m willing to give up for it.

    Like

  • Crew of Misfits

    Nice. Every little bit helps. How about just a better search function?

    Like

  • nutznboltz2003

    Interesting new feature. As a new user to the whole xbox scene, this will be of great use for those friends that like to send me links to content that I might enjoy.

    Like

  • phawx

    Is there any plans to include affiliate type of linking? So people can review and post a link to the game to make some revenue?

    Like

  • darkjester74

    Handy feature, thanks for the tip!

    Like

  • EV1L SEAN

    Now all we need is a preview feature for GamerPics and Themes. I hate downloading a picture pack of theme because the description picture looks nice to find it’s anything but that.

    Like

  • litheon

    @Zilchius, http://m.majornelson.com/rss.aspx is the RSS feed for the entire site and it works quite well to display the last bits of content that have come out on the marketplace. However, the killer-app functionality for this is being able to choose the types of content you want using the “Tags” at the top based on your region, and the type of content; and then clicking the “(RSS)” link. That way you can choose to see only content being propped into your region, that’s also the type of content you want to see.

    Like

  • Mace Moreland

    Nice. Now I just wish there was some way to sort out for example the 100s of Rock Band Songs.

    Like

  • Travsam

    Thanks for it Major… I always tried to figure out how to get the links without opening the transaction window… it is gonna be very useful for Marketplace news…

    Like

  • Demetrius Stark

    Everyime I cue up a download, when I get home and power up I get a download error saying it’s been assigned to another console. What gives?

    Like

  • BillyJo

    very usefull !!! Major can you tell us when NHL Arcade 3vs3 will be released on live ?? it is already on PSN…. first time i see a game released on PSN first before live…

    Like

blog comments powered by Disqus